The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai eBook

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King Kualii of Oahu demands from the hog raiser, Pumaia, of Pukoula, one hog after another in sacrifice.  At last Pumaia has but one favorite hog left.  This he refuses to give up, since he has vowed it shall die a natural death, and he kills all Kualii’s men, sparing only the king and his god.  The king prays to his god, and Pumaia is caught, bound, and sacrificed in the temple Kapua.  Pumaia’s spirit directs his wife to collect the bones out of the bone pit in the temple and flee with her daughter to a cave overlooking Nuuanu pali.  Here the spirit brings them food and riches robbed from Kualii’s men.  In order to stop these deprivations, Kualii is advised by his priest to build three houses at Waikiki, one for the wife, one for the daughter, and one for the bones of Pumaia. (In one version, Pumaia is then brought back to life.)


Nihoalaki is this man’s spirit name.  He is born at Keauhou, Kona, Hawaii, and goes to Waianae, Oahu, where he marries and becomes chief, under the name of Kaehaikiaholeha, because of his famous aku-catching hook called Pahuhu (see Aiai).  He goes on to Waimea, Kauai, and becomes ruler of that island, dies, and his body is brought back to Waianae.  The parents place the body in a small house built of poles in the shape of a pyramid and worship it until it is strong enough to become a man again.  Then he goes back to Waimea, under the new name of Nihoalaki.  Here his supernatural sister, in the shape of a small black bird, Noio, has guarded the fishhook.  When Nihoalaki is reproached for his indolence, he takes the hook and his old canoe and, going out, secures an enormous haul of aku fish.  As all eat, the “person with dropsy living at Waiahulu,” Kamapuaa, who is a friend of Nihoalaki’s, comes to have his share and the two go off together, diving under the sea to Waianae.  A Kauai chief, who follows them, is turned into the rock Pohakuokauai outside Waianae.  Nihoalaki goes into his burial house at Waianae and disappears.  Kamapuaa marries the sister.



Eleio runs so swiftly that he can make three circuits of Maui in a day.  When King Kakaalaneo of Lahaina is almost ready for a meal, Eleio sets out for Hana to fetch fish for the king, and always returns before the king sits down to eat.  Three times a spirit chases him for the fish, so he takes a new route.  Passing Kaupo, he sees a beautiful spirit, brings her to life, and finds that she is a woman of rank from another island, named Kanikaniaula.  She gives him a feather cape, until then unknown on Maui.  The king, angry at his runner’s delay, has prepared an oven to cook him in at his return, but at sight of the feather cape he is mollified, and marries the restored chiefess.  Their child is Kaululaau.  (See under Trickster stories.)


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